MLS announces details of summer tournament

Monday, 15 Jun, 2020

Once the tournament has been completed, the MLS plans to continue the regular season, with modifications.

A draw held Thursday afternoon determined that Sporting KC will be in Group D for the group-play state of the tournament alongside fellow Western Conference clubs Real Salt Lake, the Colorado Rapids and Minnesota United FC. "So I think that's maybe something that's good vs. having a team from the south that's really used to the heat and humidity down there".

When the tournament is completed on August 11, MLS is aiming to resume its regular season.

A virtual draw was held today to establish three groups in each conference.

Five substitutes will be allowed per match, following in the footsteps of the German Bundesliga. "So however we start, if you want to get to the final you're going to have to play all the teams anyway".

The victor of the tourney will receive an automatic bid to the 2021 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League. "Obviously, we are facing a unique set of challenges as we return to play, but we are confident that the league has put together a plan that's made safety the No. 1 priority".

That's not to mention one of the matches being reported well before the 3:30 p.m. ET draw began in Florida.

Disney and Major League Soccer have announced this morning that there will be a return of professional soccer in the days ahead.

Because the group stage is only three matches, the Union will not face every team in their group. The event will include 54 total matches, which will be held almost every day. "We feel it's important for the players and the staff to be (in Toronto) with their families".

The victor will claim the berth in the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League typically reserved for the regular-season conference leader with the second-most points.

Group B (Western Conference): Seattle Sounders, Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps, San Jose Earthquakes. The TV pacts, which run through 2022, generates about $90 million per season for the MLS. After those initial two weeks, testing reduces to "regularly", including the day before a game.

"Having a date - that's the way that we work in our business - everything is centered around dates and times and when our next opponent is and where we're traveling to".

"The culture of our club is' whatever, we're in, we're going to try to win, '" LAFC general manager John Thorrington said.